Composite materials consist of two different materials different physical and chemical properties. When they are combined, they create a composite material which has superior properties to the original two materials.
Typically, composite materials are used for their strength to weight, electrical insulation and fire properties. The two main types of composite materials used are carbon/epoxy (aerospace, automotive) and glass/polyester (marine, construction). In the UK, there is a vibrant aerospace, defence and automotive sector where composites are used for their lightweight properties.
In 2018, Innovate UK Business Connect convened a Materials for Composites Special Interest Group. This year-long project enabled knowledge exchange, technology transfer, and collaboration between composites-using sectors and the chemical and industrial biotechnology sectors.
To find out more about the scope, achievements and learnings from this group, download our report.
Canada-UK Critical Minerals: Sustainability and Circularity
Opens: 20/11/2023 Closes: 03/04/2024
UK registered organisations and Canadian SMEs can apply for a share of up to £5.4m for joint R&D projects on circularity in critical minerals.
Global Cement and Concrete Association: Innovandi Open Challenge 2024
Opens: 19/02/2024 Closes: 15/04/2024
GCCA are looking for start-ups working on Carbon Capture Use and Storage for low carbon concrete.
SBRI: Decarbonising concrete
Opens: 08/01/2024 Closes: 04/03/2024
Organisations can apply for a share of £3m inc VAT to develop solutions to accelerate decarbonising concrete.
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